sshd logging

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Tue Jul 18 14:37:47 UTC 2017

On Mon, July 17, 2017 6:35 pm, Paul Schmehl wrote:
> --On July 17, 2017 at 6:38:00 AM -0400 Daniel Feenberg <feenberg at>
> wrote:
>> On Mon, 17 Jul 2017, Matthias Apitz wrote:
>>> El día domingo, julio 16, 2017 a las 10:34:42p. m. -0500, Paul Schmehl
>>> escribió:
>>>> Is there a way to get sshd to only log successful logins?
>>> What about using ipf(8)?
>> denyhosts or fail2ban would be easier. You'd still get a few lines in
>> the
>> logs, but only a few.

I use sshguard (you may want to look also at sshguard-ipfw, sshguard-pf).
ssh is not the only service sshguard can protect. Just one more option.


> Thanks, Dan. I'll take a look.
> I've never understood why logging routinely records every failed
> interaction. I suppose it's because summarizing it would take more
> processing plus some sort of database. Seriously though, why should I care
> about failed logins? It's the successful ones that I need to know about.
> Paul Schmehl, Retired
> As if it wasn't already obvious, my opinions
> are my own and not those of my employer.
> *******************************************
> "It is as useless to argue with those who have
> renounced the use of reason as to administer
> medication to the dead." Thomas Jefferson
> "There are some ideas so wrong that only a very
> intelligent person could believe in them." George Orwell
> _______________________________________________
> freebsd-questions at mailing list
> To unsubscribe, send any mail to
> "freebsd-questions-unsubscribe at"

Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list